Team Sky has suspended Jonathan Tiernan-Locke from all team activities pending a disciplinary hearing process on anomalies in his biological passport.
A statement issued earlier today by the UCI states that: “The analysis of the biological passport of Mr Jonathan Tiernan-Locke by the Experts Panel has demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation (use of prohibited substances and/or methods). Consequently and in compliance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI has requested his National Federation to initiate disciplinary proceedings.”
His team issued a statement on the proceeedings:
Team Sky notes that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been charged with a violation of the UCI anti-doping rules.
We have been informed that he intends to defend himself against that charge.
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will not ride for Team Sky or take part in any team activities – including training camps and all team duties – until a decision is made in this disciplinary hearing process.
We understand that the violation was highlighted by an anomaly in his Biological Passport, in a reading taken before he signed for this team.
There are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky. This is a team that trains, races and wins clean.
At this stage, we will add no further detail until this initial disciplinary process is concluded.